Engine failure

Asked by Sep 04, 2017 at 11:36 AM about the 2012 Vauxhall Astra 2.0 VXR

Question type: General

Hi I have a Astra j vxr on a 12 plate that
has had no mechanical modifications. I
have owned the vehicle for three years
and periodically if not more so have it
fully serviced using only premium
lubricants and parts at extra costs. I
also only use v power nitro plus fuel, I
only mention this sothat you realise I
have taken great care with the vehicle.
Other than the odd spurt of speed from
time to time I have never really
thrashed the car, although being what it
is you would think that it should be
able to deal with it anyway. Getting to
the point I was just trying to get your
thoughts on the below. I was pulling of
the slip road onto a section of
motorway when I heard a crunch and
noticed white/bluish smoke bellowing
from the rear of the car, the engine
management flashed up and engine
lost power. I immediately stop the car
and rang the breakdown. When
attended and heard my explanation he
immediately said it was the turbo that
had blown. I eventually had it taken to a
turbo repair specialist who upon doing
a diagnosis revealed that the engine
block had fractured. A new or
reconditioned engine is now required
to a possible tune of approximately
£7000 fitted. Unfortunately the car is
out of warranty but has only done
34000 genuine miles. I would have
thought that there would be some
argument with Vauxhall due to the
limited milage or is it simply down to
extreme bad luck. Are you aware of
anyone else that has had the same
problem with the astra j. Look forward
to your reply Regards Dave

1 Answer


I've not heard of any specific problems with the Astra VXR, but it was a very short lived model so it's probable there aren't that many out there. Have you tried to contact Vauxhall about the matter. Given the low mileage on the car and it's good history I would get in touch with the Vauxhall head office to see if it is willing to make a 'Goodwill' contribution to the cost of the repair. I would also think it's worth asking this question on one of the Vauxhall owner's club forums to see if anyone else has had this sort of a problem. Good luck, let us know how you get on.

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